Definition of blip in English:

blip

nounPlural blips

  • 1An unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend.

    ‘the Chancellor dismissed rising inflation as a blip’
    • ‘It puts in perspective some of the temporary blips in that relationship.’
    • ‘He won't be very pleased about being marked down but someone as talented as him will treat it as a minor blip.’
    • ‘It's easy to dismiss the jump in inflation as a temporary blip.’
    • ‘They're just a minor blip in the general scheme of things.’
    • ‘But road statistics are volatile, and experts say the 16 per cent drop in deaths last year could prove to be a blip rather than a trend.’
    • ‘Universities across the country are expecting a dip in the number of applicants next year, although this is expected to be a temporary blip.’
    • ‘Should there be a correction, though, it most likely will only be a minor blip on the downward plunging trend lines.’
    • ‘Yet they are but minor blips in an otherwise beautiful musical landscape which really ought to be discovered.’
    • ‘It has been there for hundreds of years, and a temporary blip in the finances is no excuse for throwing it all away.’
    • ‘I am very happy, the temporary blip of sadness I felt the other day has long passed…’
    • ‘Time will tell if this is just a statistical anomaly or a blip in a downward trend.’
    • ‘Let's hope it's just a temporary blip in a smooth operation.’
    • ‘You are looking for general, overall upward trends, not short-term blips.’
    • ‘The drop last year is likely to be a small blip in a general upward trend.’
    • ‘Consumer credit may introduce temporary blips in the economy, but it is not a secure building block.’
    • ‘Is it a permanent rebound or just a temporary blip?’
    • ‘But I hope this is just a blip, a temporary moment of blurred decision, out-weighed by my usual clarity.’
    • ‘The combination was lethal, but I just dismissed it as a temporary blip at the time.’
    • ‘It looks like the situation in London is little more than a temporary blip, as property prices continue to rise across the UK.’
    • ‘Another explanation, and this one is more reassuring, is that people aren't responding to the temporary inflation blip caused by higher petrol prices.’
  • 2A very short high-pitched sound made by an electronic device.

    ‘computer games can drive you crazy with their blips and bleeps’
    • ‘Or they could take their chances in the street with the taxis, zooming madly, beeping their horns in staccato blips as warnings.’
    • ‘Previous emphasis on speed is now being replaced by ambience laced with moments of electronic blips and beeps, free jazz, noise, no wave and tinges of psychedelia.’
    • ‘Vocals are tucked in the back, submerged in reverb as blips and bleeps and chiming guitars send the whole thing home.’
    • ‘If you're into funky, minimal blips and bleeps, check these guys out, they are the bomb!’
    • ‘He's got the groove going and he paces his compilations like an expert DJ, but his blips and bleeps sound awfully derivative.’
    • ‘No excess noise was audible, and sound flowed continuously, free of blips or other interruptions.’
    • ‘A blip sounded off signaling the entry of an intruder.’
    • ‘It lives up to the hype, delivering blips, bleeps and beats.’
    • ‘Then a small blip of sound came from the screen and Lucas pulled back.’
    • ‘To see him pull off all the blips, bleeps, loops, and hisses using only his vocal cords is definitely something special.’
    • ‘Beeps, blips and pings are the everyday sounds that we live with, thanks to our push-button gizmos and fast-paced lifestyle.’
    • ‘Further, the circuitry behind that speaker was equally lacking, as, in most cases, the system could not produce anything beyond the extent of beeps and blips.’
    • ‘Videogames began as a few blips and bleeps racing across a screen.’
    • ‘A blip of noise signals contact, then a low, droning hiss fills the speakers before the music begins.’
    • ‘All their core sounds are here - wispy synthesizer melodies and bleeps and blips.’
    • ‘Is the future to be filled with soft glitchy vocals over clicks, blips and bleeps?’
    • ‘Warp speed, back to the sounds of 80's pop and those jittery keyboard blips!’
    • ‘It was a high-pitched blip that, once again, she never knew the devices were capable of.’
    • ‘Eventually, the song peaks at a crescendo and dies away into atmospheric buzzes and computer blips.’
    • ‘In the earliest games, we made do with blips and bleeps; now, we have MP3 soundtracks to rival DVDs, and incidental sounds recorded from real life.’
    1. 2.1 A small flashing point of light on a radar screen representing an object.
      ‘air traffic controllers watching the blips on their radars’
      • ‘While we were on the plane with them, they saw two blips on their radar screen.’
      • ‘The three blips on the radar screen were moving closer and closer to the ambush.’
      • ‘In the darkened operations room below decks, grey overalled officers and sailors watched an approaching blip on their radar screens.’
      • ‘Learning to identify what the blips on the screen represent can take some time.’
      • ‘‘Told you everything would work perfectly,’ Eldon replied as they watched the radar blips disappear.’
      • ‘A bunch of ‘wacky’ characters watch blips on a radar screen.’
      • ‘The radio wave reflections are essentially no different than airplane blips on a radar screen.’
      • ‘The radar operator watched carefully as the blip on his monitor representing the Renegade crawled into the system.’
      • ‘Imagine looking at the blips on the monitor of an air traffic controller in Las Angeles, multiplying those radar blips by 100-then zooming in on the flight path of a single aircraft.’
      • ‘It's like hearing reports from Alaska radar stations of peculiar blips on the screen.’
      • ‘They watch the blips on the screen representing the planes break into two and fly off.’
      • ‘He failed to see the whole, seeing only the details, which he spotted like blips on a radar screen.’

verbblipped, blips, blipping

  • 1no object (of an electronic device) make a very short high-pitched sound or succession of sounds.

    ‘big boxes of esoteric electronics hummed and blipped’
    • ‘I swear his brainwave monitor only blipped twice the whole time I was there.’
    • ‘The card is also irritatingly noisy when connected to the GPRS network, making those buzzing and blipping noises your mobile emits when it interferes with another phone.’
    • ‘Fade up to a hospital room, greying white walls, a single bed with a little table beside it and a large TV set in the corner, a cardiac monitor blipping away quietly.’
    • ‘At the touch of a button one of the blank monitors blipped to life, displaying a scene that was being picked up by a hidden remote camera.’
    • ‘But it's like saying even with the sound and screen on my television blipping on and off that I can enjoy a show.’
    • ‘The blipping laptop beat, layered and echoed phase-guitar strums, ringing vibraphone and wheezing organ that open the song mark this is as mood music, like a soundtrack for a film.’
    • ‘The lights were dimmed, and there was the cautious, subtle blipping of medical monitoring devices.’
    • ‘The only reason it blips on my radar at all is the fact that you did it in the context of a western.’
    • ‘As I was working on today's entry our electricity began to blip on and off.’
    • ‘While she worked, she kept looking at her wrist and staring at the blipping screen.’
    • ‘He snickered amusedly and was about to speak up when suddenly, an alert window blipped onto his screen.’
    • ‘With all the blipping and beeping machines hooked into him, he looked smaller, paler, and frailer than I'd ever seen him before.’
    • ‘A second later, another blipping sound greeted her.’
    • ‘The blipping of her radio collar says she's staying close.’
    • ‘Moments later, the two legendary white paddles appeared onscreen, blipping and blooping the single pixel ball between them.’
    • ‘Just as the much-anticipated commencement of our recovery was to begin, contacts of interest suddenly blipped onto the radar screen, and we were delayed momentarily.’
    • ‘Entering her apartment, Kayleigh saw the answering machine light blipping.’
  • 2with object Open (the throttle of a motor vehicle) momentarily.

    ‘he straddled the bike and blipped the throttle’
    • ‘‘Often I've seen engineers jump in the vehicle, turn the engine on, blip the throttle, then drive off,’ he says.’
    • ‘Clipping the throttle at idle often produced a gap in response before the motor picked up.’
    • ‘But the Aston version is not only quick and jerk free on up-changes; it beautifully blips the throttle on down shifts too.’
    • ‘Happy didn't have to think once about the hours of rubbing down and lacquering, he blipped the throttle.’
    • ‘Start it up and the engine quickly settles into a menacing mid-range growl, while blipping the throttle makes the exhaust bark.’
    • ‘Twist the key and blip the throttle and the beautiful looking 4.2 V8 roars like a true racer.’
    • ‘You can't even stall it, as the car can cruise round town in sixth gear from just 500 revs and will blip the throttle for you.’

Origin

Late 19th century (denoting a sudden rap or tap): imitative; the noun sense ‘unexpected deviation’ dates from the 1970s.

Pronunciation

blip

/blɪp/